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The Wrong Kind of Snow: How the Weather Made Britain Paperback – 3 Oct 2008

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (3 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340937882
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340937884
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 231,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This year's Eats, Shoots and Leaves' (Guardian)

' ***** Smart and well-researched' (Time Out)

'Wonderful . . . full of fascination and amusement' (Alan Titchmarsh, The Alan Titchmarsh Show)

'A meteorological feast for every day of the year' (Good Book Guide)

Well written and funny . . . a book you can give to almost anyone (Elle)

Bags of charm (The Sunday Times)

'Brilliant idea' (Daily Mail)

The perfect stocking-filler (Independent)

This book is jam-packed with grand themes ... first-rate and really well-researched ... a fascinating book, based on a very clever idea and very intelligently done. (Daily Mail)

Endlessly fascinating... It is well researched and written with flair and a feel for the drama of the moment - the perfect book for ensuring you have something to say during that awkward moment at the water cooler. (Financial Times)

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'This book is jam-packed with grand themes and first-rate and really well-researched trivia... a fascinating book, based on a very clever idea and very intelligently done'

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Format: Paperback
There seems to be an insatiable market for compendiums of odd facts, and a huge array of books written to try and fulfil that desire. Amongst such a wealth of competition, it is hard for the authors of such a book to find some unique angle and make it stand out form the crowd.

Woodward and Penn have managed to do just that with this delightful almanac. Taking that perennial British obsession, the weather, as its theme the authors have found an astonishing array of stories, myths and facts linked to the theme. The research is extensive, the writing witty and informative, and the whole thing is a delight.

For each day of the year there is presented some historical weather facts (such as the highest and lowest recorded temperatures), a weather story from history that took place on that date, some weather related quotes from famous personages, and some fascinating general weather facts. Also included is a detailed decoder for the shipping forecast and a series of other notes regarding scales and measurement methods.

A distinctive book which really stands out from the crowd. Great to dip into occasionally, or to read in one go. Recommended for all those who enjoy a magpie approach to collecting facts.
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The best kind of bedside or lavatory book. It gives an entertaing account of the weather, fair or foul over the years which has had a lasting effect or left a significant memory to the local people or, on occasion the nation, on a day by day basis throughout the year. Fact and myth are explored equally. Well researched and witty.
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This is probably the best and the worst book about the weather you could buy as a gift for someone close to you.

The best because it is packed with fascinating, witty and informative facts, events, stories and quotes without ever getting close to the point of being a 'text book'. Writing in a friendly, non-patronising and non-sensational fashion the authors even make the dullest weather day - 18 March - interesting for being so dull.

The worst? Becasue if like me the person you buy it for likes to share, then you are in for a never ending stream of interruptions as the reader gives you 'just one more' excerpt.

This book just cries out to be shared. Like a packet of sweets, every day of the year is illustrated with perfectly structured morsels of historical interest that are best enjoyed by sharing. And if you are a weather geek, and which Englishman isn't a weatehr geek at heart, weather highs and lows are provided for each day along with an 'average' forecast.

All in all I couldn't find any fault with this book and could go on and on about its good points.

Buy it and enjoy it.
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